Finance guru Marin Lewis has issued an urgent warning to two million drivers to check their licence or risk paying a £1,000 fine.
The Money Saving Expert issued the alert in the company’s latest newsletter.
Martin said motorists must check the expiry date on the photocard driving licences to ensure it is still valid.
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It comes after an automatic 11 month extension was granted by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) during the coronavirus pandemic to motorists whose licences expired between February 1 2020 and December 31 2020.
The newsletter urges drivers whose licences expired in December 2020 to renew now as the automatic extension date has passed, the ECHO reports.
He said: “Driving licence photos must be replaced every 10 years (no matter how young you look).
“There are a few dates printed on the photocard, but the one you need is the photo expiry date printed on section 4b on the front of the card.
“If you don’t renew when your automatic extension ends you could be fined up to £1,000 for driving with an expired licence.”
Motorists could also end up with three to six penalty points on their licence in addition to the fine – and the DVLA has stated it is important that drivers update their licence to ensure their identity isn’t being used fraudulently.
A spokesperson said: “Appearances can change, and it’s important that photocard licences are updated every 10 years.
“This is to ensure the police and other enforcement agencies have the best possible photograph to help them correctly identify whether a driving licence is being used fraudulently, and so help prevent driving licence impersonation – stopping disqualified and perhaps dangerous drivers taking to our roads.”
The DVLA estimates up to 2 million licences are currently out of date in the UK – and Martin urged people to pay the renewal fee to ensure their licence is still valid.
He added: “There’s a £14 fee for each renewal if you do it online, £17 if you renew by post. You should be sent a reminder and form a few weeks before your licence expires. However, as many miss this or forget, it’s well worth making a note of when yours expires.”
Drivers aged 70 and over must renew their licence every three years, however this is free.
It is also free of charge to all driving licence holders if they only need to change personal information such as address or name.
How can I renew my driving licence?
Renewing your driving licence costs £14 online at GOV.UK, £17 by post and £21.50 at the Post Office. You can view the full options here.
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